In a remote corner of the forsaken region.
Nie Tian suddenly appeared in midair with a meteor a hundred meters underneath him.
He plummeted towards the meteor like a cannonball.
The long-range Starshift consumed thirty percent of his star power, causing his whole body to ache.
Fortunately, after expending countless efforts in body refinement, his body had already become tough enough to resist the backlash.
Due to the profound connection between him and the Bone Blood Demon, even though they were very far apart, he could sense it flying towards his location at full speed.
He summoned the Star Boat and jumped on board. A connection instantly formed between his soul and the Star Boat. Then, with great precision, he steered the Star Boat towards the meteor under him.
At this moment, the prismatic crystal between his eyebrows launched another soul attack.
Wisps of vicious icy soul strings rushed towards his sea of awareness and slammed violently into the ward the fragmentary stars had formed to protect his soul.
He let out a muffled groan as an agonizing pain came from his mind.
His expression flickered as he hastily ended the soul connection between him and the Star Boat, and focused solely on defending against the Phantasm's raging attack.
One peculiar image after another entered his mind. He felt as if he were surrounded by mountains of corpses and seas of blood, which were trying to reach the deepest parts of his soul.
Numerous ghosts were wreathed in green flames as they clung to him and bit him madly.
Meanwhile, images of Nie Donghai, Nie Qian, and Dong Li being killed flashed before his eyes.
All of these illusory images were the magnification of his worst fears, and they were all for the purpose of breaking his mental defenses and forcing him to give up.
"These are all illusory!" Nie Tian struggled to hold onto his mental defense and his sanity.
Through his true soul, he could see countless greenish-black soul strings piercing into the misty, sparkling ward around his sea of awareness. However, they all exploded, and generated even more bewildering images.
He tore his eyes from them and let out a roar from the depths of his soul, "No matter how powerful you used to be and how much strength you've recovered, you'll never be able to possess me!!"
Just like this, an extended battle broke out between Nie Tian and the Phantasm soul.
The nine fragmentary stars in his soul continued to shine dazzling starlight on his sea of awareness, protecting it from being invaded by the Phantasm soul.
The Phantasm soul rapidly consumed its strength, which it had recovered with a few soul crystals.
After some time, the Phantasm soul realized that its soul attacks didn't seem to have achieved good results, and that it wouldn't be able to breach Nie Tian's defenses within a short time. Therefore, it took the initiative to end the battle.
Face covered in sweat, Nie Tian took a deep breath as the fierce soul battle ended.
He opened his eyes and glanced around. He found that there was nothing but meteors wherever he looked. Frowning slightly, he muttered to himself, "The Phantasm soul must have consumed a significant amount of soul power, and can't afford to lose any more. However, I still have soul crystals that I can use!"
With these thoughts in mind, he summoned a soul crystal from within his ring of holding, hoping to absorb its soul power.
As soon as the soul crystal flew into his palm, it was hooked by the Phantasm soul in some mysterious way.
In the next moment, the soul crystal flew up and attached itself to the prismatic crystal between Nie Tian's eyebrows, then he experienced a cool sensation from it. Simultaneously, the soul crystal shrank down at a noticeable rate.
Nie Tian's expression instantly flickered. "I can't believe it can actually channel power from my soul crystals!"
Nie Tian suddenly realized why the remaining soul crystals had risen from the lake bottom on their own and let him take them so easily right before he had charged out of the lake.
Apparently, the Phantasm soul was able to control soul crystals in mysterious ways. As long as he took out soul crystals, the Phantasm soul would be able to channel power from them to strengthen itself.
"But it seems that the Phantasm soul can only absorb soul power from one soul crystal at a time," he muttered.
After pondering a few seconds, he decided to test this theory, and thus took out another soul crystal.
As he had expected, the Phantasm soul didn't channel power from the second soul crystal. It was still busy channeling power from the first one, and didn't seem to be able to spare enough attention to get the second one.
Then, without any delay, Nie Tian took a deep breath and started channeling power from the second soul crystal to the nine fragmentary stars in his soul, hoping to eventually outlast the Phantasm soul in this extended war.
However, he soon noticed that the speed at which the Phantasm soul channeled soul power seemed to be much faster than him. The soul crystal that had stuck to the prismatic crystal had already shrunk to the point where it was on the verge of vanishing.
Before it did, Nie Tian quickly put the second soul crystal, from which had already been drained of most of its power, back into the ring of holding.
He did it so that the Phantasm soul wouldn't be able to steal it from him.
At this moment, the Bone Blood Demon finally entered Nie Tian's view and appeared in the distance.
Nie Tian temporarily put his battle against the Phantasm soul aside, and looked over with rapt attention. To his surprise, he discovered that the Bone Blood Demon was actually faster than Hong Xian, Wei Yu, and Chu Xuanji.
After he had reattached the Bloodline Crystal Chains in its heart with his Blood Essence, the Bone Blood Demon's prowess seemed to have risen to a whole new level.
Having refined the blood of multiple seventh grade outsider experts, it had already gained the ability to travel through the void at lightning speed.
At this moment, Hong Xian and the other late Soul realm experts were pursuing it from a long distance away.
As for the air-transportation spiritual tools from the rest of the three parties, they were so far behind they couldn't even be seen.
The only one that could keep up with the Bone Blood Demon was Qiao Yunxi's Flame Bird.
The Flame Bird was among the fastest air-transportation spiritual tools in the Domain of Heaven's Boundaries. Therefore, it was noticeably faster than Hong Xian and the other late Soul realm experts.
"Nie Tian!!" Qiao Yunxi's voice came from the distance as the Flame Bird passed the Bone Blood Demon and approached him like a blazing phoenix.
A thoughtful expression appeared on Nie Tian's face as he rapidly put the Star Boat away.
Moments later, the Flame Bird came close. Qiao Yunxi waved at him, and he leapt onto the fleeting Flame Bird.
"Wait a moment!" he exclaimed.
The Bone Blood Demon flew over. He raised his hand, hoping to put the Bone Blood Demon away into his ring of holding.
However, at this very moment, another wave of negative emotions flooded his mind in an attempt to enrage him and cloud his judgment so that he would stay and fight the pursuers from the three parties to the death.
Rage rapidly filled his heart, causing it to race.
Nie Tian's expression flickered as he noticed that the green aura that had been lying dormant in his heart seemed to be affected, and started to stir.
Immediately afterwards, numerous fine Bloodline Crystal Chains blossomed with blinding light.
At the same time, a brand new bloodline talent was born.
The profound knowledge of this bloodline talent was instantly branded in the depths of his soul. "Life Blend!"
Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump!
The Bone Blood Demon's heart also pounded rapidly, as if to echo Nie Tian's vigorous heartbeat.
Nie Tian, who had planned to put the Bone Blood Demon away, suddenly jumped off of the Flame Bird.
As soon as he did, he was drawn and stuck tightly to the Bone Blood Demon's chest like a piece of metal to a magnet. One wisp of flesh aura after another flew out of Nie Tian's body.
Like thousands of tiny blood snakes, they drilled into the Bone Blood Demon's every bone, as well as its heart.
Each bit of flesh aura contained the profound truths of life. Within seconds, Nie Tian seemed to become one with the Bone Blood Demon, and gained the ability to summon its immense flesh power.
Under the wondrous effect of Life Blend, he had a feeling that an even more profound connection had been established between his soul and the Bone Blood Demon's soul.
At this moment, Nie Tian seemed to have merged with the Bone Blood Demon completely.
His confidence soared as he ignored Qiao Yunxi's urgent demand for him to return to the Flame Bird.
Wei Yu from the Trisword Sect caught up. Wreathed in strong killing intent, he shouted, "Nie Tian! Let's see if you can escape this time! You killed more than a dozen disciples of my sect! You'll die for this!"
His golden sword flew out of his hand. It shone with gloriously as it slashed across the void towards Nie Tian.
Nie Tian stared coldly at him. As a thought entered his mind, the Bone Blood Demon moved accordingly. It's enormous hand clenched into a fist as torrential rage rapidly gathered to it.
As the Bone Blood Demon threw its fist towards the incoming golden sword, it also channeled flesh power from itself and all sorts of power from Nie Tian.
At that moment, Nie Tian finally truly understood the profundity of the fist strike, and learned the actual name of the move which he had referred to as Rage Punch. "Titan's Wrath!"
The Bone Blood Demon's hammer-like fist slammed into the golden sword with enough force to destroy the heavens and extinguish the earth.
Upon impact, the countless golden magical symbols in the golden sword shattered and vanished.
Even the sword's soul was annihilated by the devastating fist strike.
Wei Yu seemed to suffer a heavy backlash as his Spirit Channeling grade sword was destroyed. Bloody gashes even appeared on his face, giving him a sinister look.
Then, the Bone Blood Demon brought its other hand whooshing across the void, and swatted Wei Yu several hundred meters into the distance.
The spiritual power ward he used to protect himself instantly shattered, and he sustained severe injuries.